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LAPD was investigating Nipsey Hussle at time of his death
 

 
As Los Angeles Officials Hailed Nipsey Hussle as a Hero, Others Were Investigating Him

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Maudrella Jones, left, and Valerie Williams posed for a photo in front of a mural of Nipsey Hussle near his Marathon Clothing store.Credit Jenna Schoenefeld for The New York Times

LOS ANGELES — The memory of the rapper Nipsey Hussle still looms large over Los Angeles. On one mural, his spray-painted image is adorned with angel wings; on others it is surrounded by inspirational quotes. A city intersection has been named in his honor. And a strip mall he owned in South Los Angeles has become a memorial, with a steady flow of tourists and flowers.

Two days after Hussle was shot and k*lled in the parking lot of that mall in March, city leaders stood behind a bank of microphones and addressed a shaken Los Angeles. The mayor called Hussle “an artist who touched our city.” The police chief hailed him as a peacemaker. The head of the police commission said he had plans to meet with Hussle to discuss ways to reduce gang violence.

Yet in the same moment that the city’s leaders were rushing to embrace Hussle as a hero of South Los Angeles, officials in the Police Department and city attorney’s office were investigating him. According to the city authorities and others briefed on the matter, they had an open investigation into Hussle, his property and his business a*sociates to determine whether the strip mall at the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue was a hub of gang activity.

The investigation into Hussle’s empire, which the city has not publicized, continues in the wake of the k*lling, raising the possibility that the city will take action against the rapper’s remaining business partners. As part of the investigation, the city pressured Hussle’s former landlords to evict the rapper and his a*sociates. Instead, the landlords sold the property earlier this year to Hussle and a group of investors for $2.5 million, according to public records.

This seeming contradiction, of Hussle simultaneously being embraced by city leaders and being the focus of an investigation, reflects the divisions within the city’s law enforcement over how to deal with street gangs decades after Los Angeles became a byword for gang warfare in the 1980s and 1990s.

As some leaders try to work with former and current gang members to reduce violence, many rank-and-file officers balk at that approach, preferring harder-edged enforcement tactics. This dynamic has played out not just in Los Angeles — where the police faced harsh criticism a few years ago for setting up a meeting between a convicted kingpin from the Mexican Mafia and local officials and business leaders — but in other cities like Chicago, where the police were denounced for holding a “gang summit” in 2010. In Los Angeles, officials and city leaders have met with rap stars and gang members before, including a 2016 meeting organized by the Compton rapper the Game.

“There’s always this duality,” said Connie Rice, a civil rights lawyer who made a career of suing the police and later worked closely with the department and gang members to improve relationships.

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The strip mall property owned by Hussle in South Los Angeles has seen a steady flow of tourists and flowers.CreditJenna Schoenefeld for The New York Times
Hussle had been open about his past membership in the Rollin’ 60s Crips, a prominent street gang that emerged in Los Angeles in the 1970s. But in recent years, he was working with the city to reduce gang violence. And his purchase of the strip mall, and his plan to build new apartments, was seen as an important investment in the neighborhood at a time of fears over gentrification. He often employed men affiliated with the gang, or tried to help former inmates who had done time for gang-related crimes.

The police say Hussle was gunned down in the parking lot of the strip mall by another member of the Rollin’ 60s — a man named Eric Holder, 29, who has been charged with murder. The shooting was tied to a personal dispute. Exactly what set off the confrontation remains under investigation, but witnesses said that Hussle had told Mr. Holder that the word on the street was that he was a snitch.

Police tactics for combating gangs can make it hard for onetime gang members to escape past gang a*sociations, even for someone like Hussle, who had achieved a measure of fame and renown while maintaining his connection to the streets. In the days after the k*lling, officials seized on Hussle’s gang ties to lock up another man who was wounded in the shooting, Kerry Lathan.

Mr. Lathan, who had previously served nearly 25 years in prison for murder, was arrested on a charge of violating his parole by a*sociating with Hussle, whose name was on a database of known gang members. Mr. Lathan said that he barely knew Hussle, but that Hussle often helped former inmates and had given Mr. Lathan some clothing. (He was released by the Department of Corrections after the case was brought to the attention of Gov. Gavin Newsom and he intervened.)

“I think this goes to the complexity of the problem of gangs, gang membership and gang congregating,” said Jorja Leap, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, who works with gang members and often testifies as an expert at gang-related trials. “I think ultimately, Nipsey Hussle did represent a model of antigentrification, keeping the neighborhood in the hands of the neighborhood. But people in those areas all have pasts.”

She continued: “Someone can be a hero, someone may also have a past. Neighborhoods can want zealously to have public safety and public gathering places. But for better or worse, that may or may not include gang members.”


As the investigation continues, the narrative of Hussle as a hero has been solidified in the city’s psyche. That puts enormous political pressure on investigators to back away amid worries that an aggressive inquiry could damage relations between the city, the police department and the black community in South Los Angeles. But at the same time, the k*lling has emboldened investigators who see it as just the sort of violent act they were worried could happen at the property.

It is unclear what prompted the investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department and the office of the city attorney. But the inquiry is centered on the strip mall itself — which includes Hussle’s Marathon Clothing store, a cellphone shop and a barber shop — and whether it has been a center of gang activity.

Josh Rubenstein, a spokesman for the Police Department, would not discuss the specifics of the continuing investigation, but said the department had been negotiating directly with Hussle’s remaining partners on the property “to mitigate some of those crime issues.” (Hussle’s main partner in the strip mall is David Gross, a Los Angeles businessman, who was not immediately available for comment.)

Marqueece Harris-Dawson, a City Council member who represents South Los Angeles, said his office had been trying to get answers about the investigation for years on behalf of Hussle and his business partners.

“I think everybody in the community will do everything we can to make sure the ventures he started will continue,” he said. “And this is a very confusing hiccup in this process.”

A spokesman for the city attorney’s office said it could not comment about an open investigation.

Such investigations, called abatement or nuisance probes, have long been a tool of the city to crack down on gangs. They have led to evictions and, in some cases, property seizures.

The city attorney’s office has called the abatement program a critical weapon in law enforcement’s “arsenal against gangs.” Rather than targeting individuals with criminal charges, the program focuses on public and private spaces — the physical territories that are critical to a gang’s reach in a neighborhood.

In recent years, the city attorney, Mike Feuer, has filed numerous lawsuits against property owners for allowing gang activity, including at a duplex in South Los Angeles where prosecutors said there was a “toxic combination of gangs, guns and drugs”; and a motel in Van Nuys that officials said was rife with prostitution, drugs and violence.

These types of investigations have been far less controversial than civil restraining orders that prohibit suspected gang members from a*sociating with one another and have long been a primary tool for Los Angeles to target gangs. Last year, a federal judge banned the city from enforcing most such injunctions, on the grounds that they violated due process rights.

The gang injunctions, as well as a state database called CalGang — which apparently still included Hussle’s name at the time of his k*lling — have long been seen by critics as a way for the city to permanently label young black men as gang members, and to criminalize interactions with friends and family members who may be labeled the same.

“It can get to where you can’t hang around with your brother,” said Edward Latessa, a professor of criminal justice at the University of Cincinnati. “That’s ridiculous, right?

Last April Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder and other celebrities packed Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles for a memorial for Hussle. Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar sent statements — and music filled the arena as fans swarmed the streets outside. During the ceremony, the rapper’s brother and business partner, Samiel Asghedom, choked back tears as he addressed the crowd, and recounted how they had defied the city’s efforts to evict them from the strip mall.

“I don’t know if anybody knows, but we had a 30-day notice and they were kicking us out of all the businesses we owned in the lot,” Mr. Asghedom said, explaining that the landlords had apologized, but said that the city and the police were pressuring them to evict Hussle and his partners.

He said the landlords — who declined to comment for this article — told them: “At this point, if you guys are still interested in buying the lot, you know, rather than kick you guys out we’re willing to sell it to you.”

That set off a scramble to raise the $2.5 million to buy the property.

“I honestly don’t know how we did it, but we were able to close and get the lot,” he said. “And Nip was so proud of that.”
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 1 month ago '19        #2
Molly Qerim 1 heat pts
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 1 month ago '17        #3
Cjlaw93 
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Meanwhile he was tryna have a sit down with them

He lost
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 1 month ago '14        #4
Aries 101 heat pts101
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I wonder if they were going to tell him that they were investigating him at that meeting?



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 1 month ago '17        #5
Killaboy 17 heat pts17
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Now that snitchin talk by holder starting to piece together.
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 1 month ago '19        #6
16z 
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Big time fly cripping, sh*t don’t stop n*gga. Investigating mean they don’t know
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 1 month ago '15        #7
DamianDragunov 
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Y’all trying to make sht more than it is.

If you don’t realize that when somebody is making a lot of legit money and still claims a street organization and that the feds not gonna watch you than your a simple mind.


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 1 month ago '17        #8
Milxman 1 heat pts
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Damn! And Choke said Hov is working with the law
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 1 month ago '15        #9
princebass1988 
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Damn man losing nip wasnt right dog. Hussle in the house with that michael jackson abc sample in the car every other week. Been rockin wit em since bullets volume 1 man smh Rip man.
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 1 month ago '16        #10
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 1 month ago '19        #11
Bomani Jones 2 heat pts
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He was working with them he told ya what the title his next album was gonna be
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 1 month ago '15        #12
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Can’t remember the tracks but a couple times Nip kinda mentioned this.
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 1 month ago '14        #13
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We Hold These Truths To Be Self Evedent!
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 1 month ago '12        #14
Ricky Retardo 48 heat pts48
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They did a gang sweep not too long ago and their presence has been heightened since Nips murder.

They wanted that to happen just to give them a reason to shut it down. Only a matter of time before they cook up some sort of ordinance violation to pile on them.

But we not gonna talk conspiracy, the government has never done that before
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 1 month ago '19        #15
KingOfBoxden 239 heat pts239
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See what the fu*k i mean
Just like I said repeatedly now that sh*t have calm down they're back to regular programming of what the original plan was in the first place

After they a*ssinated nip they disarm the public with praises about him

Then black Sam mention the story of how they purchased the lot after lapd say they had to be evict from the lot

Now they mention that in the article

This is all just them making a complete paper trail by first making the narrative be nipsey was k*lled for that snitch comment and then the bullsh*t getaway driver transcript of everything

This is a paper trail for them to TAKE NIPSEY LOT legally and enforce eminent domain

With that train coming that lot is is the most important shopping center there. It right when you get off the train and will receive all the new business

That the Mastermind to everything they want to do

We should be praying for black sam the power to be going still try to take what him and little brother built and one day finally was able to purchased it in a interesting unusual circumstances to get it.

Now they're f*ghting back to take it. They will make up story about nipsey and they will use this as an excuse to arrest everybody working in that plaza amd nipsey empire which mean they're trying get black Sam now cause they have to get that lot.

They think they can produce more tax rexnue so they're going paint the picture that nipsey multi Million dollar striving Business is a front for a "gang hub"

Like wtf is a fu*king gang hub they think nipsey on some Tony sopranos sh*t in between making song and closing multi Million dollar deals that will shift his city for decade to come

The world first smart store he help develop that with the African tech phenomenon who help coded the Uber Snapchat and Instagram app

To OWNING A fu*kING LAS VEGAS CASINO HOTEL THAT IS OPENING IM 2020

Opening your eyes. They're erasing our history while a*sisnating our legends and their character.

This is stragetic planning. They k*lled the man now they got to k*lled his character to convinced the public nipsey was nothing but a thug running a criminal empire not a Grammy nonimated entrepreneur inspiring the gang unit in his district and changing the way an entire generation think and act and inspiring an generation of young entrepreneur and gang entrepreneur


fu*k LAPD and anyone who loved em
fu*k big u too


I'm praying for black sam.
You don't inspire little girl like this and be running a "gang hub"

(Skip to three minute mark for little girl speech)


The whole fu*king purpose of nipsey victory lap is making it out and making legal money that the whole fu*king point gotdamnit these people so evil they going make sure they get rid of us our history our legend and our land....


The land of the free huh. Watch they lay the Domino's to fall to legally eminent domain that lot man i feel it already I posted this same sh*t a few week ago now they're really falling through on it

Now that video of them doing the gang sweep in front of the store make sense like j said

Paper trail of DISTURBANCE and now a paper trail of gang activity being used as a mask under the business diguisting


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 1 month ago '17        #16
O1as 376 heat pts376
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Justice for Blacc Sam and Fam.
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 1 month ago '18        #17
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I know that West Side, RSC's is us
LAPD on my d*ck, I'ma squeeze and bust
If a rap n*gga dead, switch cheese and bust
All this rap money, n*gga, look I need too much
Money, loyalty and love, in the dream we trust
You be switchin' up the players on your team too much
Tiny copy, that's my loc, yo supreme, what's up
And we travel 'round the world gettin' cream and what
Ain't you get off on whoever hustle, seem to rush
Las Vegas, strip pop, yeah, you creep them punks
After all that lookin' tough, all he see was stumps
50 Cent and Mayweather flee the scene with us, true story
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 1 month ago '19        #18
zzxxccvvbb 5 heat pts
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 Max Kellerman said
He was a gang member what you expect?

n*ggas really think the police supposed to support gang members and live in one peace with them.
Yeah, I pretty much expect cops to "watch" everyone of interest, but only move on violent offenders or low hanging fruit.
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 1 month ago '06        #19
Hit Em' Up 64 heat pts64
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 Max Kellerman said
He was a gang member what you expect?

n*ggas really think the police supposed to support gang members and live in one peace with them.
This is it right here. I wouldn't doubt if a lot of drug money got washed through his businesses as well...
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 1 month ago '15        #20
naledgestate 
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Of course they were watching him.

He was making money moves and he was a gang member.

Not news to me.

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 1 month ago '04        #21
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 Ricky Retardo said
They did a gang sweep not too long ago and their presence has been heightened since Nips murder.

They wanted that to happen just to give them a reason to shut it down. Only a matter of time before they cook up some sort of ordinance violation to pile on them.

But we not gonna talk conspiracy, the government has never done that before
The moment a black man starts to own property ITS ALWAYS A PROBLEM so the mayo man has to intervene to take it away.

Before Regan blk people had there own stores and businesses after Regan blk people lost all their stores and businesses and were targeted and locked up for this war on drugs that started with Pablo who was financed by the USA govt.
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 1 month ago '05        #22
tokinjohn 3030 heat pts3030
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 Ricky Retardo said
They did a gang sweep not too long ago and their presence has been heightened since Nips murder.

They wanted that to happen just to give them a reason to shut it down. Only a matter of time before they cook up some sort of ordinance violation to pile on them.

But we not gonna talk conspiracy, the government has never done that before
Nah they been sweeping, part of gentrification...they took down two gangs in Inglewood in the last like year
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 1 month ago '17        #23
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 KingOfBoxden said
See what the fu*k i mean
Just like I said repeatedly now that sh*t have calm down they're back to regular programming of what the original plan was in the first place

After they a*ssinated nip they disarm the public with praises about him

Then black Sam mention the story of how they purchased the lot after lapd say they had to be evict from the lot

Now they mention that in the article

This is all just them making a complete paper trail by first making the narrative be nipsey was k*lled for that snitch comment and then the bullsh*t getaway driver transcript of everything

This is a paper trail for them to TAKE NIPSEY LOT legally and enforce eminent domain

With that train coming that lot is is the most important shopping center there. It right when you get off the train and will receive all the new business

That the Mastermind to everything they want to do

We should be praying for black sam the power to be going still try to take what him and little brother built and one day finally was able to purchased it in a interesting unusual circumstances to get it.

Now they're f*ghting back to take it. They will make up story about nipsey and they will use this as an excuse to arrest everybody working in that plaza amd nipsey empire which mean they're trying get black Sam now cause they have to get that lot.

They think they can produce more tax rexnue so they're going paint the picture that nipsey multi Million dollar striving Business is a front for a "gang hub"

Like wtf is a fu*king gang hub they think nipsey on some Tony sopranos sh*t in between making song and closing multi Million dollar deals that will shift his city for decade to come

The world first smart store he help develop that with the African tech phenomenon who help coded the Uber Snapchat and Instagram app

To OWNING A fu*kING LAS VEGAS CASINO HOTEL THAT IS OPENING IM 2020

Opening your eyes. They're erasing our history while a*sisnating our legends and their character.

This is stragetic planning. They k*lled the man now they got to k*lled his character to convinced the public nipsey was nothing but a thug running a criminal empire not a Grammy nonimated entrepreneur inspiring the gang unit in his district and changing the way an entire generation think and act and inspiring an generation of young entrepreneur and gang entrepreneur


fu*k LAPD and anyone who loved em
fu*k big u too


I'm praying for black sam.
You don't inspire little girl like this and be running a "gang hub"


(Skip to three minute mark for little girl speech)


The whole fu*king purpose of nipsey victory lap is making it out and making legal money that the whole fu*king point gotdamnit these people so evil they going make sure they get rid of us our history our legend and our land....


The land of the free huh. Watch they lay the Domino's to fall to legally eminent domain that lot man i feel it already I posted this same sh*t a few week ago now they're really falling through on it

Now that video of them doing the gang sweep in front of the store make sense like j said

Paper trail of DISTURBANCE and now a paper trail of gang activity being used as a mask under the business diguisting


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 Idgafth0 said
I know that West Side, RSC's is us
LAPD on my d*ck, I'ma squeeze and bust
If a rap n*gga diss, switch cheese his bus
All this rap money, n*gga, look I need too much
Money, loyalty and love, in the dream we trust
You be switchin' up the players on your team too much
Tiny copy, that's my loc, yo supreme, what's up
And we travel 'round the world gettin' cream and what
Ain't you get off on whoever hustle, seem to rush
Las Vegas, strip pop, yeah, you creep them punks
After all that lookin' tough, all he see was stumps
50 Cent and Mayweather flee the scene with us, true story
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 1 month ago '18        #25
Idgafth0 
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 StanlitoTheFly said
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